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GSF Honored at RMHC International Conference

(Pictured left to right):  President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., Marty Coyne; Executive Director, GSF Foundation, Chuck Browne; Chairman and CEO, Golden State Foods and Chairman, GSF Foundation, Mark Wetterau; Chairperson of the Board, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., Linda Dunham; Vice Chairman and CEO, McDonald's Corporation, Jim Skinner.

(Pictured left to right): President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., Marty Coyne; Executive Director, GSF Foundation, Chuck Browne; Chairman and CEO, Golden State Foods and Chairman, GSF Foundation, Mark Wetterau; Chairperson of the Board, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., Linda Dunham; Vice Chairman and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation, Jim Skinner.

GSF Chairman and CEO and GSF Foundation Chairman, Mark Wetterau, and GSF Foundation Executive Director, Chuck Browne, accepted the Ronald McDonald House Charities 2009 National Corporate Donor Award for substantial financial contributions and active volunteerism to the world-wide charity for kids. The award was presented at the RMHC International Conference in Chicago on August 12 by Marty Coyne, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Jim Skinner, Chairman and CEO of McDonald’s worldwide.

The National Corporate Donor Award recognizes 25-30 companies that “go above and beyond,” according to RMHC, in their employee volunteerism, local chapter efforts, providing products where possible, and financial donations. This is the second time GSF has received this award, having been recognized in 2005 with other corporate supporters. Other 2009 award recipients included Coca-Cola, Martin Brower, OSI, the HAVI Group, Southwest Airlines, USA Today, and Lazy Boy.

“RMHC and our local chapters rely on the generous donations of our corporate partners,” explained Marty. “Golden State Foods and the GSF Foundation provide valuable contributions in terms of volunteers, products and financial support. Our families are going through difficult medical situations with their children, and GSF and GSFF, through all of their support, are giving them a chance to relax and take their mind off their worries – if only for a few moments. This partnership is a natural extension of our mission to support families – both financially and emotionally – during a very difficult time in their lives.”

“We are grateful for our valued partnership with RMHC, an outstanding organization which helped us establish our own charitable organization, the GSF Foundation, seven years ago,” explains Mark.  “And because of our involvement with so many Ronald Houses throughout the country, we have become better community servants throughout our local areas.  Without RMHC, we wouldn’t be who we are today.”

“While it was rewarding to be part of the Global Convention, I was deeply honored to accept our recognition on behalf of the over 2800 US-based associates that give so freely of time and treasure,” adds Chuck. “The award really is about them and their tireless work for RMHC.”

Golden State Foods has been a strong supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities since its inception in 1974. Local associate volunteers currently support more than 30 Houses nationwide, providing ongoing meals, cleanups, board leadership, fundraiser support and other services.  For more than the last decade, GSF financial contributions have averaged more than $250,000.00 annually. The GSF Foundation has donated more than $1 million and thousands of volunteer hours to RMHC since its inception in 2003.